"Dull, dull, dull in a pretentious, florid and archly fatuous fashion" is how The New York Times described "Lolita" when the American edition came out in 1958. Even great authors have their flops, but for Vladimir Nabokov this wasn't one of them. Here are some of the harshest things critics have said about literary heavyweights — on books that turned out to be hits, misses or just forgettable first tries.
Terrible Reviews of Great Authors
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